2007 Merry Edwards "Tobias Glen" Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Drinkable now, but has the structure for the cellar. Grown in a Forestville vineyard from modern Dijon clones, it’s very fruity, offering clean, pure flavors of cherries, raspberries, blueberries and spices. The cool climate contributes fresh, zesty acidity, but the tannins are considerable. Beautiful now with decanting, and should develop through 2013.
Tighter and less forthcoming than any of the other Merry Edwards releases, this one does share its mates' focus on ripe red cherries, albeit here with hints of tomato and dried wildflowers competing for background positions. Firm on the palate and a touch tangy at the end, this wine earns points for its depth and richness.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright medium red, a bit less saturated than the Meredith Estate bottling. Strawberry, plum, redcurrant and herbs on the nose. Suave and silky on entry, then rather easygoing in the mid-palate, with strawberry fruit lifted by herbs and spices. Finishes with a broad dusting of ripe tannins and good length. (ST)
Serves up a subtle mix of black cherry, plum, wild berry, anise and mineral notes that are delicate, floral and spicy. Ends with a cleansing finish. Drink now through 2015.